Chat with Nick Friedell
Welcome to ESPNChicago.com! On Friday, Nick Friedell stops by to chat about the NBA season as well as the Chicago Bulls.
Friedell covers the Chicago Bulls for both ESPN Radio 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.
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Nick Friedell (3:00 PM)
What's going on everybody? Let's get this chat rolling ...
Nick (Gold Coast )
Should bulls tank season ?
Nick Friedell (3:04 PM)
This may be the question I get asked most these days. As always, Thibs will never let his team tank games but they don't have enough offense right now to compete most nights. They just can't score.
Nick,How much truth do you believe is behind the recent story that Luol is staying in a Bulls uniform this year? I do not want to lose him but it seems like a certainty so why not get something for him instead of letting him walk like Asik did two years ago? I would like to see the team land a young guy (in a luol trade) with potential to create his own shot like Dion Waiters perhaps. Again it just feels like the team will get nothing in return if/when Luol leaves at years end.
Nick Friedell (3:06 PM)
Count me in the group that believes that if a team gets desperate and offers the Bulls a pick for Deng -- along with expiring deals to make the numbers work -- a deal will still get done before the deadline.
Candy (Slippery Rock)
Will Hinrich be with the Bulls next year?
Nick Friedell (3:08 PM)
It's going to be interesting to see what happens with Hinrich. The Bulls love him, he still wants to be in Chicago, but the problem is he just can't stay healthy. I'm not sure what the front office will decide to do.
Is Teague going to the D-league when Kirk is back in lineup?
Nick Friedell (3:11 PM)
I think that's the plan -- but as Thibs said yesterday Hinrich's back isn't much better. It could be a little bit still.
Chase (Champaign) [via mobile]
In your opinion do the bulls make the play offs this year?
Nick Friedell (3:14 PM)
I still think they will. The East is that bad. The players are too proud. Thibs is too Thibs. I still think they'll find a way in.
No Bull should be untouchable. Right or Wrong?
Nick Friedell (3:16 PM)
No Bull is untouchable.
Mike (New York)
Taj is having a really good year. Do you think his minutes need to increase? And if Boozer is still in the fold next year should he still start?
Nick Friedell (3:20 PM)
Boozer will continue to start as long as he is in Chicago. Taj has been a lot better this season. As long as he stays healthy I think he'll continue to play the same minutes and close out games.
Jon Ledsky (Chicago)
Will Thibs start thinking outside the box? Like playing Butler or Snell at point and placing the best 5 on the court at once? Or going to a trapping defense? More of the same (even playing harder), from my vantage point, will not work.
Nick Friedell (3:23 PM)
Thibs believes hard work will solve anything. I thought we'd see more of Snell after he was starting the last couple weeks but then Deng and Butler came back together and have gotten the bulk of the minutes. With Butler and Deng possibly out for a little bit, I think we will see plenty of Snell again.
What are the chances Bulls let Deng walk next year & they bring in a super star like Carmelo since it appears that Carmelo wants to win
Nick Friedell (3:24 PM)
Do you think Carmelo wants to take a multi-million dollar pay cut?
Would the Bulls trade Taj if it means freeing up an extra 9 million to lure a max free agent?
Nick Friedell (3:27 PM)
I don't think anything is off the table.If a team came to the Bulls with a solid offer -- for any player -- they would make it happen. The Bulls love Taj but with Rose's status in limbo anything is possible.
How about just trading boozer n get whatever for him if were going amnesty him anyway even if we don't get equal value
Nick Friedell (3:28 PM)
Nobody in the league wants to pay Boozer almost $17 million dollars next season.
Any word on if and how much it would take for Mirotic to be in a Bull's uniform next year?
Nick Friedell (3:30 PM)
Everything remains up in the air with Mirotic. It all depends on how much he and his agents ask for. The Bulls are hoping to just offer him the mid-level exception -- if he wants more then several other moves will have to be made.
How much do you think the Bulls are willing to pay Deng to bring him back? If they bring him back, amnesty Booz, start Taj, bring over Mirotic and use their picks wisely in a deep draft, they should be pretty good next year if D Rose comes back healthy.
Nick Friedell (3:35 PM)
Deng and his agents would love to get close to max money. The Bulls would love to pay Deng $8-9 million. So if you're Deng are you willing to take a pay cut of almost $5 million a year? Even if he can't get max money, that's still a sharp decrease from the $14 million he is making this season.
Why wouldn't Mirotic have to enter the NBA on a rookie contract since he was drafted I thought? And why would the NBA not have a rule like that in place?
Nick Friedell (3:36 PM)
After three years Mirotic is not bound to the rookie scale. As for the second part -- if Adam Silver comes to Chicago in the next few months I will ask him that question for you.
Challon (New York, NY)
After watching the two games on TNT last night, and seeing Belinelli in action with the Spurs, why exactly did the Bulls not keep him? His 3Pt % is high right now, and the Bulls are giving Dunleavy more money with seemingly lesser return at the moment.
Nick Friedell (3:38 PM)
Good question. The Bulls believed that Dunleavy was a better all-around player -- and would be a great asset playing alongside Derrick Rose. They thought he was the better player. Belinelli is showing that he has improved as well. I think Dunleavy would have been even better with Rose -- but we won't find out this year.
Should the bulls start over and break the team up and go young? Miami,San Antonio, New York, Lakers etc. are all looking to get old soon and with this new young draft coming in 2014 should bulls make dramatic changes?
Nick Friedell (3:43 PM)
Here's what fans forget: The Bulls can make some changes but a full blow up of the roster is not going to happen. That's because Rose still has three years of a max contract still on the books. The Bulls could shuffle around some pieces -- but the reality is that they have to pray that Rose comes back as the Rose of old. If he doesn't, none of the other moves will matter that much.
Brad (highland park) [via mobile]
Is it coincidence that all these Bulls players are getting hurt. Or is it related to how hard Thibs works these guys at practice?
Nick Friedell (3:48 PM)
First and foremost, it's just a lot of bad luck. The Bulls have had more than most. The issue with the minutes is something that Thibs is never going to get away from. He likes to work his players hard -- that doesn't make him a bad person -- it's just that his intensity is unlike that of most coaches around the league. Thibs is one of the best coaches in basketball, but I do think he would be better served sometimes by taking his foot off the gas a little bit.
Andrew (Wauconda, IL)
Hey Nick-Given the injuries this season, and having Rose out again, many people want to bag the season for a chance at the lottery. Given how weak the East is, is it silly to still root for a playoff berth?
Nick Friedell (3:51 PM)
The question fans should be asking themselves -- and the Bulls this year -- is what's the end game? If the Bulls got into the playoffs and found a way to win a first round series, what difference would it make? The best thing that could happen for the Bulls in the short term would be to keep playing hard and maintaining the culture that Thibs and the players have created. If they lose, they lose -- and they can slide closer to a better draft position.
Nick Friedell (3:54 PM)
I'm out of here everybody. If you're at a game this week come over and say hello. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thanks for taking the time to chat with me every week -- and thanks for reading the site.